Coconut sugar is a natural sweetener that’s become very popular as an alternative to cane sugar. This sweet granulated sugar is derived from the sap of coconut palm trees and is dark in color, like brown sugar. In this article, I cover the benefits of coconut sugar and share my favorite brands.
Coconut palm sugar is a paleo-approved sweetener ranked low on the glycemic index. In addition, it contains trace amounts of vitamins and minerals like zinc, iron, and potassium and may benefit those looking to avoid white sugar.
What is coconut sugar?
Coconut sugar is derived from the coconut palm tree. Coconut sugar is made from the sap of the coconut palm tree. The flower blossoms of the coconut tree are cut and nectar is extracted. The nectar from the coconut palm sap is then mixed with water and boiled to remove the extra liquid, which forms a syrup. The syrup from the coconut flower nectar is dried and crystalized, giving the end product of golden-brown coconut sugar.
How To Use Coconut Sugar
What I love about coconut sugar is that it’s easy to use in a 1:1 ratio, meaning you can use 1 cup of coconut sugar in place of 1 cup of regular table sugar in most recipes.
I like to use coconut sugar in bread, muffins, and desserts (like my coconut macaroon brownies). It offers a tremendous caramel flavor, and no one can ever tell I’m using a different sweetener. However, when it comes to using coconut sugar in place of other natural sweeteners like maple syrup or honey, it can be a bit tricky. Usually, liquid sweeteners add to the need for liquid in a recipe, so by adding in a granulated sweetener, you may need to add more liquid, like milk or apple sauce, to balance the wet ingredients.
I usually drink my coffee black, but sometimes I add a teaspoon of coconut sugar and a splash of coconut creamer to my coffee for a delicious treat!
Coconut Sugar Nutrition
Nutrition per teaspoon:
- Calories: 18
- Carbohydrates: 5 grams of carbs
- Sugar: 5 grams of sugar
- Net carbs: 5g
Coconut Sugar Storage + Shelf Life
Coconut sugar can last up to two years in your pantry – you want a cool, dark place. Once you open the bag, make sure you store the coconut sugar in an airtight, resealable container to prevent moisture from getting in. (Think like a mason jar.)
Best Coconut Sugar Brands
So now that you know how to use coconut sugar, below you’ll find the best coconut sugar brands you can buy from the grocery stores or online!
#1 Wholesome Organic Coconut Sugar
This was the first brand of coconut sugar I ever used, and I still love it today. Their coconut sugar is organic and sustainably sourced, which is something I care deeply about.
Find it at your local health food store or online from amazon. This brand is Coconut Mama’s #1 pick!
#2 Anthonys Organic Coconut Sugar
For those on a budget, this one is a great find! Everything I’ve tried from Anthonys has been top-notch, and their coconut sugar is perfect for those whole love to buy in bulk and save.
Find it at your local health food store or online. Coconut Mama’s #2 pick!
#3 Big Tree Farms
This fair trade blonde coconut sugar is a great option and can be found online or in the health food store.
Find them at your local health food store or online. Coconut Mama’s #4 pick!
#4 Bob’s Red Mill
I love Bob’s Red Mill products and use many of their sweeteners in my kitchen. In addition, their coconut sugar is readily available at many grocery stores at a great price.
Available at most grocery stores and online. Coconut Mama’s #4 pick!
#5 365 Whole Foods Market
This is another great option, and it comes in a small 1lb bag for those who want to try out the product. This is an excellent choice if you shop at Whole Foods or have your groceries delivered from Amazon!
Find them at your local Whole Foods store or online. Coconut Mama’s #5 pick!
Unfortunately, no. Coconut sugar is not considered a keto-friendly sugar since it contains 5 grams of sugar per serving.
The best coconut sugar alternatives would be brown sugar, date sugar, maple sugar and sucanant. These natural sugars are great substitutes and some are lower glycemic index too, and can be used in a 1:1 ratio as regular sugar.
It’s sweet and has an earthy caramel flavor.
Stevia is definitely worse than coconut sugar. It doesn’t taste nearly as good! One of the things I love best about coconut sugar is its flavor and body. (Plus it’s all natural!)
Coconut sugar is a natural sugar alternative with a unique flavor. It’s paleo approved and is worth adding to your pantry and experimenting with in your cooking and baking.